The Masters: Zach Johnson's practice swing doesn't miss the ball

Zach Johnson hits ball on practice swing but it's not a penalty	
				Rob Schumacher  USA TODAY Network

"I was caught off guard", Johnson said.

The ball appeared to ricochet off the tee marker on the right, before coming to rest a couple of metres away. "That's a first. I thought I'd done it all, but now I know I've done it all". Under the rules, "if a teed ball falls off the tee or is knocked off the tee by the player before he has made a stroke at it, it may be re-teed anywhere in the teeing area without penalty". Because Johnson didn't have the intention of hitting the ball, he was allowed to re-tee and hit again. For a two-time major victor, he's not concerned with accidentally hitting the ball and hearing his three buddies yell "one!", also known as the most overused joke in the book.

"I actually hit a good tee shot after that", said Johnson who went on to birdie the hole on his way to a one-over 73 that left him three over for the tournament.

"I can't think of a time I've done it - not on goal", Johnson said of hitting the ball during a practice swing.

Luke Walton, Lakers Mutually Part Ways
Johnson, though, said that his relationship with Walton was fine after the incident, which he considered overblown. Lue and Walton are friends, and for years over the summer, they would play craps together in Las Vegas.

Zach Johnson was flushed, and a little embarrassed, on Friday after he started off the second round of the Masters with an awkward stumble.

"Y'all can laugh, that's embarrassing", Johnson told his playing competitors, Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar.

"I didn't see it, but I heard it. Zach's eyes were as big as I've ever seen them".

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